"I just got a Blu-ray disc, and I would like to watch Blu-ray movies on my Xbox 360 or Zune. Disappointedly, both Xbox 360 and Zune fail to play Blu-ray movies. Can anyone suggest a good solution for me to play Blu-ray movies on Xbox 360 or Zune?"
Blu-ray is a special technology which can not be read and played by most players. If you want to play the Blu-ray movies on your Xbox 360 or Zune, you can try to convert Blu-ray to WMV, so that Xbox 360 and Zune can read the files without too much trouble.
Part 1: Basic Knowledge about WMV
As is said above, to play Blu-ray movies on Xbox 360 or Zune, you need to convert Blu-ray to Xbox 360 or Zune compatible video formats like WMV video.
Section 1: Introduction to WMV
Windows Media Video (WMV) is a file type which can contain video in one of several video compression formats developed by Microsoft. WMV files use Microsoft's Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format and are therefore very similar to ASF files, which is another file format developed by Microsoft.
The original video compression format used in the file, also known as WMV, was originally designed for Internet streaming applications, as a competitor to RealVideo. The other compression formats, such as WMV Screen and WMV Image, cater for specialized content. After standardization by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), WMV 9 was adopted for physical-delivery formats such as HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
There is an audio file similar to Windows Media Video, called Windows Media Audio, abbreviated as WMA that only contains audio data - no video.
Section 2: Applications to Play WMV
Application #1: Windows Media Player
Most versions of Windows have Windows Media Player installed, so this is the best solution to open WMV files if you're using Windows.
Tips: "Can Windows Media Player play Blu-ray discs?" Some users want to play Blu-ray on Windows 7 with Windows Media Player, but Windows Media Player cannot directly play Blu-ray. In order to play Blu-ray on Windows Media Player, you need to convert Blu-ray to Windows Media Player supported video format like WMV first.
Application #2: Leawo Blu-ray Player
Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is a free WMV media player. Unlike Windows Media Player, Leawo Blu-ray Player not only has Windows version, but also has Mac version. Therefore, Mac users can well ultilize Leawo Blu-ray Player for Mac to play WMV.
Application #3: VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player is another Windows Media Player alternative, and it is completely free, allowing users to play WMV files on both Mac and Windows operating systems.
Part 2: Convert Blu-ray to WMV with Blu-ray to WMV Converter
How to convert Blu-ray to WMV file format and rip Blu-ray to WMV or other videos? It is very easy for you to convert Blu-ray to WMV format so that you could play Blu-ray movies on Xbox 360, Zune or other devices. You should use a third-party program to convert and rip Blu-ray to WMV. In this part, 2 professional Blu-ray to WMV converters will be introduced.
Section 1: Convert Blu-ray to WMV with Leawo Blu-ray Ripper
Leawo Blu-ray Ripper offers easy but quite practical Blu-ray ripping and converting solutions. It could rip and convert Blu-ray to WMV, MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, and any other video format with high quality for multiple media players, including your Xbox 360 and Zune. The below Blu-ray to WMV conversion guide would tell you how to convert Blu-ray to WMV videos with Leawo Blu-ray to WMV Converter. Before the conversion from Blu-ray to WMV takes place, you should download and install Leawo Blu-ray to WMV Converter on your computer running Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 OS. If you are Mac users, download and install Leawo Blu-ray Ripper for Mac.
Guide on how to convert Blu-ray to WMV videos:
Step 1: Load Blu-ray source
Insert Blu-ray disc to the Blu-ray drive, open Leawo Blu-ray Ripper, and click "Add Blu-ray/DVD" button to load source Blu-ray disc into this Blu-ray to WMV converter. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper also accepts Blu-ray folder input. There are three Blu-ray loading modes for you to select: Full Movie, Main Movie and Cutsom Mode. After loading, you could select desired subtitle and audio track from source Blu-ray movies.
Step 2: Set output profile
Click the drop-down box next to "Add Blu-ray/DVD" button and choose "Change" option to enter Profile panel where you need to select "WMV" as output format from "Format" group.
Step 3: Set video and audio parameter (optional)
Click the same drop-down box and click "Edit" button to adjust video codec, audio codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, video size, frame rate, channel, and other parameters if needed.
Step 4: Start converting Blu-ray to WMV
Hit the big green "Convert" button on the sub-menu bar. Then, set an output directory. After that, click the convert button on the popup sidebar to start to convert Blu-ray to WMV.
After conversion, you could transfer the converted Blu-ray movie (now in WMV video format) to your Xbox 360 or Zune for unlimited movie enjoying.
Note: For Blu-ray disc ripping and converting, this Blu-ray to WMV converter requires Blu-ray drive and internet connection. For Mac users, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper for Mac could be helpful in ripping and converting Blu-ray to WMV, MP4, AVI, FLV, MOV, M4V and other videos on Mac.
Section 2: Convert Blu-ray to WMV with Magic Blu-ray Ripper
Magic Blu-ray Ripper is another professional Blu-ray to WMV converter. Check it out to convert Blu-ray to WMV with Magic Blu-ray Ripper.
Step 1: Launch Magic Blu-ray Ripper, import Blu-ray disc or Blu-ray folder into the program by clicking "Broswer" button beside the source box, and specify target output directoty by clicking the other "Broswer" button.
Step 2: Open "Profile" drop-down box to choose "WMV" as output format. At the same time, you can adjust quality setting.
Step 3: Click "Start" to start to convert Blu-ray to WMV video.
Part 3: Comparison between Leawo Blu-ray Ripper and Magic Blu-ray Ripper
Since these two professional Blu-ray to WMV converters do a good job in converting Blu-ray to WMV, users may find it difficult to pick up the right one. Therefore, a comparision chart is made below.
|Features||Leawo Blu-ray Ripper||Magic Blu-ray Ripper|
|Rip Blu-ray Disc|
|Rip encrypted Blu-ray disc||unstable|
|Rip Blu-ray folder|
|Internal media player|
|Subtitle and audio track selectable||only audio track selectable|
|Internal 2D to 3D converter for creating 3D file|
|Internal video editor to trim, crop, watermark, and adjust effect||Mac version||Mac version||Price||$44.95||$59.95|